50 Shades of Black Announces Pre-Order of Coffee Table Book & Launches IndieGoGo Campaign

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50 Shades of Black art project launches IndieGoGo campaign in support of the publication of its forthcoming coffee table book, “50 Shades of Black: The Conversation.”

Atlanta, Georgia - May 1, 2013 - Building on the momentum of its successful e-book launch and Open Photo Shoot, 50 Shades of Black announces an IndieGoGo fundraising campaign in support of its first edition coffee table book, “50 Shades of Black: The Conversation

The 120-page book contains contributions from Atlanta artists Fahamu Pecou and Ross Oscar Knight, a special tribute to legendary Jazz singer Joyce Bryant, and an introductory chapter by Dr. Yaba Blay, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Drexel University, and Consulting Producer for CNN’s “Black in America 5: Who is Black in America?”

Founded by Carlton Mackey, visual artist and Director of the Ethics & the Arts Initiative at the Emory University Center for Ethics, 50 Shades of Black is a multi-faceted platform committed to exploring the complex relationship between race, skin tone, sexuality, and the formation of self-identity. Featuring images and essays from African, African American, Latino, Asian, bi-racial, multicultural, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer perspectives, 50 Shades of Black: The Conversation aims at expanding the understanding of what diversity means.

The recently launched fundraising campaign hopes to support the publication of the book, as well as the creation of additional programming, including:

• *Youth Educational Curriculum: teaching acceptance, tolerance and understading of diversity

• *Traveling Art Exhibit: featuring 50 Shades of Black featured and invited artists

•* Oral History Project: archive of personal stories about race, skin tone, sexuality and identity

• *Open Photo Shoots: involving the general public in the art creation process

With incentives ranging from “Beautiful in Every Shade” t-shirts to limited edition signed copies of the book, the IndieGoGo campaign hopes to raise $25,000 by the June 13th deadline.

For more info or to donate: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/50-shades-of-black

About 50 Shades of Black

50 Shades of Black is a multi-faceted platform for creating an interactive global dialogue around issues of race, skin tone, sexuality and identity. Exploring these themes through visual art, literature, curated blogs, and educational curriculums, 50 Shades of Black aims to explore the ways in which our individual experiences of race give rise to the formation of our unique and often conflicting identities. For more information, please visit: www.50shadesofblack.com

Contact:

Carlton Mackey

carltonmackey@50shadesofblack.com ###